There will now be 6 stages featuring over 150 performances with live music, DJs, comedy, poetry, and theatre. Alongside this there will be live art, a range of talks and workshops, lots of family activities, silent disco, the ‘Bliss’ well-being area, and to coincide with NI Year of Food & Drink, local chefs will be hosting cooking demos and workshops throughout the weekend.
The list will continue to grow throughout the coming months proving that Northern Ireland’s favourite weekend festival is going strong in its 7th year.
Festival organiser Michael Magowan said, “This will be Sunflowerfest’s 7th birthday and we are over the moon that we can celebrate our strongest line up yet with our great crowd of Sunflowerfestafarians ! “
Among the Sunflowerfest headline acts are The Strypes. Championed by music legends such as Sir Elton John, The Strypes will be headlining the main stage as part of their European tour to promote their 2015 Irish chart-topping album Little Victories.
The Cavan band recently received major press attention in the US with live performances on Letterman and Conan, as well as print features in prestigious outlets including Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and The NY Times. We are all expecting great things from their Main Stage performance this year.
Sunflowerfest crowd favourite King Kong Company will make a welcome return in 2016. The Waterford band is due to release their debut album this summer and excitement is already in the festival air for their notoriously rowdy show. “King Kong Company always brings the house down when they appear at Sunflowerfest. I’m especially pleased that they connected with Dreadzone last year at the festival to work on a few tunes.” said Michael Magowan. “We are delighted to welcome them back and promise that The Strypes will find them a hell of an act to follow!”
Dublin-based electronic band Le Galaxie will also be staking claim to the main stage and have spent the past five years claiming their title as Ireland’s best live act. They finished 2015 with a sold out Irish tour, culminating in their biggest headline show yet a 5000 person sell out show on Stephen’s Green for New Year’s Eve. Their most recent album, Le Club earned them a 2016 Choice Music Prize nomination for Album of the Year.
Back by popular demand are CoCo and the Butterfields with an energetic, foot-stomping headline performance. From 5 buskers on the streets to concert halls to headlining Rome’s largest unsigned music festival, CoCo and the Butterfields’ fresh sound and raw energy on stage has rapidly gained them a large and loyal following, making them a top band to watch out for.
Other notable acts include The Emerald Armada, Interskalactic, The Pocket billiards and Trucker Diablo to name but a few.
Sunflowerfest is known for its unwavering support of the local music scene in Northern Ireland, offering a platform for up-and-coming talent to be seen and heard. This year there is an array of home-grown talent including, After the Ibis, Amanda St John, Civil Simian, Greasy Fringe, Jealous of the Birds, Donna Dunne, Elevation Falls, Fiction Peaks, Nanu Nanu, R51 and many many others.
There will be a few major changes on site, the biggest being the Moot takeover! 2016 will see the emergence of ElectroMoot with an eclectic mix of electronica running all weekend. The Sunflowerfest team have curated the best in local electronic talent, the DJs and artists who week in week out deliver some of the best club nights up and down the country. Jika Jika, Twitch, EXTND PLY, Belfast Music Club, Beat BBQ will all be bringing their distinctive sounds. Put these well established crews alongside acts like Bloom, Chris Hanna, Richie Blacker, Submission, Chris Frieze’s eclectic awesomeness and a few very special guests.
ElectroMoot promises to keep the party rocking all weekend long… The ever popular Silent Disco will be making a return as a well-loved feature of Sunflowerfest, and offers a chance for festival-goers to throw some shapes and show off their best dance moves after hours. “The Silent Disco will have a huge variety of sounds to choose from with DJs battling it out for your attention, techno, chart anthems, disco, reggae, swing, you name it and we’ll have it!” “After starting as a small-scale music festival organised to raise funds for our son’s school project, we soon realised that Northern Ireland was sorely lacking in opportunities for young talent to build their followings and be heard by diverse audiences,” explained Michael. “We are proud of our great home grown talent and it’s brilliant we we can offer them a lovely setting to perform to their own crowd.
This year’s acts include a wide -range of music genres, meaning there will be something to fit almost every taste at Sunflowerfest.” Now in its 7th year, the annual festival held each summer on Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, NI has quickly become a must-attend festival for all things related to music and art. The annual festival is attended by music lovers from across the UK and Ireland and as far away as Russia, Germany, China and America.